2004 Induction Ceremony

  • Dr Patricia Washington McGraw

    oted Educator, Author and Humanitarian Dr. Patricia Washington McGraw is a retired University of Central Arkansas professor of English and African/African American Studies. Recognized for her outstanding achievements as an educational/civic leader and social advocate, she has received over 300 teaching excellence and community service awards on the local, state and national levels. McGraw graduated (more)

  • Fatima Robinson

    World Renowned Dancer and Choreographer As a critically acclaimed dancer, choreographer and director, Fatima Robinson is the woman behind the moves for some of today’s top music artists including OutKast, the Black Eyed Peas, Will Smith, Mary J. Blige and the late Aaliyah. Her eclectic, fluid, urban style has made her one of the hottest (more)

  • Harold Flowers

    Pioneering Attorney and Civil Rights Leader W. Harold Flowers dedicated his life to improving the lives of all Arkansas. Many of the civil liberties that Black Arkansas enjoy today were made possible by his pioneering efforts and contributions as a civil rights attorney and community activist. Born October 16, 1911 in Stamps (Lafayette County), Arkansas, (more)

  • Hazel Shanks Hynson

    Educator and Musician Extraordinaire Hazel Shanks Hynson is a renowned educator and an extraordinary musician who through the years has trained many accomplished musicians including the late jazz musician Art Porter. Hynson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, with a major in piano, from Atlanta University. She completed further study in piano, including (more)

  • John H Stroger Jr

    Distinguished Civil and Political Leader A committed public servant, leader, volunteer and family man, John H. Stroger Jr. is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the residents of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois. In 1994 he became the first African-American president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and was re-elected to (more)

  • Pharaoh Sanders

    Internationally Renowned Jazz Musician One of the greatest jazz impresarios of our time, Pharaoh Sanders, was born Ferrell Sanders on October 13, 1940 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Born into a musical family, he learned to play the saxophone as youngster and honed his skills performing behind 1950s headliners in the R&B clubs on Little Rock’s (more)